Man found hanging from tree in Chadwell Heath was a police officer

The body of a man found hanging from a tree has been identified as a police officer.

The officer was found on Monday morning in Percival Gardens, Chadwell Health after being spotted by a neighbour.

The death of the man who worked in Hackney is not being treated as suspicious.

Ch Supt Matthew Horne, borough commander for Hackney, said: “He was an outstanding policeman and detective and will be sorely missed by us all.”

Mr Horne added: “We are all extremely shocked and saddened by his sudden death and will be working with his family to offer any support they may need at this time.”

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An inquest was opened and adjourned at Walthamstow Coroner’s Court on Wednesday.

On Sunday, in an unconnected incident, a firearms officer was found dead at North Woolwich police station.

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He was discovered with gunshot wounds and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.

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